Training & Education: The Dilemma: Competent Crews vs. Costs
The V.Ships Managing Director of USA Shipmanagement operations — Mike Robinson, says that owners are anxious to secure competent crews to serve on their vessels in the coming years, but cost remains an overriding theme in today's market. V.Ships is aware that the global shortage of seafarers is causing concern. "The increasingly strict regulatory environment, including the impact of the International Safety Management Code phase 2 provision for all vessels, together with STCW95, means that experienced and fully trained officers and ratings are more crucial than ever to the process of compliance if problems are to be avoided," says Robinson.
Exmar USD 23mln Richer After Excel Sale
The Belgian gas tanker company Exmar has sold its liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Excel for $ 23 million. "Exmar is pleased to announce the sale of the LNG carrier Excel (138,107 m³). The 2003 built Excel has been delivered to its new owners on 6th of October 2017," said a press statement from the company. The net cash proceeds realized by Exmar for its 50% share in the joint venture will be approximately USD 23 million, it added. Exmar Shipmanagement NV provides management services for a range of ships such as gas carriers…
Schulte Marine Concept Wins First Cruise Ship Newbuild Contract
Schulte Marine Concept (SMC) said it has won its first cruise ship contract with Portugal-based Mystic Cruises. Schulte Marine Concept the project management arm of maritime services company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), working together with Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services (BS Cruise), will provide technical consultancy and newbuild supervision services to support construction of the oceangoing luxury expedition cruise ship, MS World Explorer. MS World Explorer will be built as a 126-meter long expedition cruise ship with a passenger capacity of 200 and a crew complement of 111.
Clean Marine Secures Multi-Vessel EGCS Contract
Clean Marine, developer of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), has secured a multi-vessel contract from Inventor Chemical Tankers AS (ICT). The agreement, covering seven 19,900 DWT chemical tankers, marks the launch of the firm’s CleanSOx Compact Hybrid Allstream scrubber to the marketplace. According to Clean Marine CEO Nils Høy-Petersen, the company has been exclusively dedicated to EGCS solutions since its inception in 2006. “Our latest product has been designed to ensure ship owners can achieve simple, cost and space efficient compliance with the IMO’s SOx regulations, coming into force in 2020,” he said. ICT has partnered with Clean Marine and technical manager Diamond Shipmanagement Pte Ltd…
ShipServ opens Singapore office
ShipServ, the leading marine and offshore marketplace with an expected annual trade of $3bn in 2015, has cemented its position in Asia with the opening of a new office in Singapore. The office will be managed by ShipServ’s VP of Sales Sharon Gill and will be open for business from July 1st. “We are very excited to get much closer to one of the biggest and most vibrant shipping markets in the world and will look to increase our already substantial customer base in the region,” said Kim Skaarup, Chief Operating Officer of ShipServ.
Drydocks World Allies with Ship Management Company
Drydocks World, whose business is in ship repair, conversion and new building, has announced that it has signed an Alliance Agreement with EXMAR Shipmanagement, a company that offers high-end ship management services to the maritime industry. The two companies hope to strengthen their relationship on the basis of the new Alliance Agreement, and EXMAR Shipmanagement is expected to consider Drydocks World as preferred yard for all its ship repair and maintenance needs in the Middle East region. It should thus translate into an increased volume of business and further enhance co-operation over the near to medium term. Drydocks World has received 13 vessel repair orders from EXMAR Shipmanagement…
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Chooses eCommerce Solution
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, a global leader in Shipmanagement, has in collaboration with WSS chosen MarineLink eCommerce for its SDCs globally. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement manages a fleet of more than 650 vessels out of which over 300 vessels are under full management. Last year EDB ErgoGroup purchased Wilhelmsen Ships Service's eCommerce solution, MTS, and has integrated it into its advanced eCommerce platform and has already added new functionality for invoice processing and logistics integration.
Transas Secures First Simulator Order in Myanmar
In May 2002, Singapore-based Transas Marine Pacific received the first order to supply a multi-purpose simulation complex to Myanmar (Burma). The order came from Eastwind Shipmanagement Pte Ltd, which is setting up its own training center in Myanmar. Among the Transas simulator equipment to be installed within the next 8 weeks in the new training facilities of Eastwind, there will be the TGS 4100 Ver. 4.1 GMDSS simulator class; networked PC-based Engine Control Room simulator ERS 2000 Ver. 5.4.2 and the Transas ship handling simulator Navi-Trainer Professional 3000. The configuration of the ship handling simulator is a multi-task CBT solution comprising ARPA/radar, visualization/conning and ECDIS workstations.
ZIM Seven Stars Express Service to Add a Kaohsiung Call
ZIM is pleased to announce that starting November 2017, ZIM’s popular Seven Stars Express Service (Z7S) will add a call in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, offering unique advantages to customers, said a company press release. The service includes: Direct access to New York Maher terminal, Unique product linking Kaohsiung and Wilmington, NC, Fast transit time from Wilmington and Savannah; A premium product for USA exports to Taiwan, Calling Terminal 5, Pier 77/78 in Kaohsiung, for easy access from main manufacturing areas and End of the week departure from Kaohsiung.
Charting the Next 100 Years of Naval Station Norfolk
What does the future hold for Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval station? Building on the accomplishments of the last 100 years, leading experts will consider the possibilities and navigate toward a secure and sustainable future at the upcoming symposium, Naval Station Norfolk: Charting Our Next 100 Years, Friday October 20th at the Main, hotel and conference center. The Future Fleet Design session will be conducted by VADM Richard P. Breckenridge from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. The session will discuss the USFF Fleet Design Plan that will drive the implementation of Fleet Design by 2023. The presentation on Fleet Design will define how the fleet…
A&P Tyne & Stirling Shipmanagement Renew Agreement
A&P Tyne has announced its new ship repair agreement with offshore supply vessel specialist Stirling Shipmanagement, Glasgow, part of the Seacor Group. The agreement is an extension of the original Heads of Agreement between A&P and Stirling Shipmanagement for the dry dock and repair of Stirling vessels operating within the UK sector, for a further year. A&P Tyne successfully carried out dry dockings/repairs to a total of nine (9) Stirling vessels during last year (2001) including the offshore supply vessels Stirling Fyne, Stirling Tay, Stirling Aquarius, Stirling Forth, Stirling Clyde, Stirling Sirius, Stirling Altair and Stirling Spey.
Columbia Shipmanagement Receives DNV GL Certification
DNV GL has confirmed that Columbia Shipmanagement complies with the highest standards in energy and safety management. Torsten Schramm, President at DNV GL – Maritime, recently presented the ISO certification for the standards ISO 50001:2011 and OHSAS 18001:2007 to Carsten Sommerhage, Director of Columbia Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH, at the shipping company’s offices in Hamburg. “These certifications highlight our efforts to perform a systematic energy management as well as maintaining the highest levels of health and safety through our company.
Maersk Tigris Manager Liaising with Authorities
Rickmers Shipmanagement, managers of containership Maersk Tigris, which was yesterday approached, fired upon and boarded by the Iranian Navy in the Persian Gulf, issued a statement addressing the incident. Rickmers Shipmanagement said it informed relevant international authorities immediately after being attended, adding that it takes its responsibilities as an international shipping line very seriously, complying with all applicable laws and regulations and ensuring that employees are aware of those laws relevant to their roles. The ship’s manager is liaising with the relevant international authorities, and continues to monitor the vessel's position at the same time seeking communications with the crew.
Change of Technical Manager at Nordic
Nordic Shipholding A/S has appointed Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd and Columbia Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte Ltd as new technical managers of its vessels replacing TB Marine Shipmanagement GmbH & Co. KG. The change in technical manager involves one-off costs. Nordic Shipholding said it does not expect this change to have a significant impact on the 2014 results.
Austal USA Wins Navy Deal
Austal USA won a construction contract by the U.S. Navy Friday to build an additional Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, its fifteenth ship in the class. The award of LCS 30 is a clear sign of the Navy’s confidence in Austal’s LCS program. The specific value of the contract is under the congressional cost cap of $584 million per ship. The littoral combat ship has been identified as a key component to the Navy’s ability to gain sea control through distributed lethality. Austal USA employs 4,000 people at its headquarters and ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., while its supplier network includes over 2,200 businesses across 43 states.
Rickmers Shipmanagement Get DNV GL '5-Star' Recognition
DNV GL inform that Torsten Schramm, COO Division Germany, Middle East & Asia at DNV GL presented the certificate to Björn Sprotte, Global Head of Maritime Services, Rickmers Shipmanagement, at the at the DNV GL booth during the current SMM 2014. “By meeting the 5 Star Excellence requirements Rickmers Ship Management demonstrates its strong commitment to maximising the sustainability, energy efficiency and safety of its ships. Sustained investment in state of the art technology…
ABS Elects New Council and Committee Members
At the 151st Annual Meeting of the Members of ABS, and the subsequent meeting of the ABS Council, industry leaders were elected to serve on a number of bodies that contribute to the operation of the classification society as it fulfills its mission of promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment. "ABS' strength as a global classification society is drawn from its membership and the many regional, national and technical committees that contribute to the process of developing practical, impartial and authoritative standards," said ABS Chairman Robert D. Somerville. • Robert G. • James G. • Maria F. • Chow Yew Yuen, Keppel Offshore & Marine USA Inc. • Dr. Jen-Hwa Chen, Chevron Shipping Co. • Dr.
New Alliance Forms UOCC
United Overseas Tankers Ltd. (UOT), a General Maritime Corporation wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a alliance with Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd. to provide crew management services for all of General Maritime's vessels. The alliance will be named United Overseas Columbia Crewing Ltd. (UOCC) and will be responsible for such services as crew recruitment, training, payroll and quality control management. John P. Tavlarios, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Maritime Management LLC, commented, "The formation of United Overseas Columbia Crewing Ltd. is a further extension of our commitment to maintaining operational excellence. Through the relationship with Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd.
Good Lookout LNG Carrier Saves Lives
NYK LNG carrier 'Lusail' rescues fishermen from the sea off the coast of Sri Lanka. Lusail was sailing from Ras Laffan, Qatar, to Yungan, Taiwan, when a crewman on deck spotted two fishermen in in the sea. The captain immediately directed the crew to initiate a rescue and even though visibility was poor because of heavy rain, the first fisherman was pulled from the water 30 minutes later. Later a second fisherman was safety taken from the water by another vessel that had responded to Lusail’s call for assistance in the rescue.
BSM, Optimum Announce Joint Venture Company
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and Optimum Ship Management (Optimum) have announced the launch of a new joint venture partnership, Hanseatic Cruise Services. Based in Singapore, Hanseatic Cruise Services will provide comprehensive, world class passenger vessel management services to third-party clients around the world. BSM is continuously working to expand and diversify its range of services. It believes that the cruise industry presents a significant opportunity for development, offering major growth potential.
Satlink Signs on with Fleet Xpress, FleetBroadband
Satlink Satellite Communications Ltd, a satellite communication and technical services provider, announced that it has become an Inmarsat Partner for Fleet Xpress and FleetBroadband. As part of the partnership Satlink’s solutions will be integrated with Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service to deliver value added services including its in-house developed Satbox, and Tracklite service that enhances connectivity to their existing global customer network involving merchant shipping, offshore, fishing and leisure markets. Socrates Theodossiou, joint Managing Director of The Tototheo Group said, “On-board bandwidth requirements keep growing, driving the satellite communications industry to integrate and develop in-house tailor made solutions for end-users.
London Club Continues to Expand Membership
The P&I Club recorded a growth of nearly two million gross tons in its book of owners’ P&I business during the 2007/8 policy year, increasing the total mutual membership to approximately 37.5 million gross tons. In addition, the Club’s portfolio of charterers’ entries - cover for which has been enhanced by the development of a flexible combined single limit facility - brought the ’s overall tonnage to nearly 40m gt. During the course of the year, the Club welcomed new members, including Dong Guan Haichang Shipping Co, Epic Shipmanagement, Free Bulkers, Global Ship Lease, Grand China Logistics Holding Co, Hellenic Star, Maritime Capital Partners, MSI Ship Management Pte, Neptune Lines, Primal Shipmanagement, Trans Asian Shipping Services Pvt, and Tristar Management.
Qatar Drydock has 7 LNG Carriers Under Repair
As part of the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard, N-KOM has successfully completed marine, offshore and onshore projects for both local and international clients, with LNG repairs making up almost half of these projects reports LNG World News. The seven LNG carriers (Al Jasra, Al Bidda, Al Wajbah, Dukhan, Al Gharrafa , Al Rayyan and Al Thumama) are undergoing drydocking repairs, including the overhauling of the main engine, valves, pumps and other general repairs and maintenance. Most of these vessels are jointly owned by a consortium of Japanese shipping companies: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line (NYK), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (“K” Line), with Al Gharrafa being technically managed by OSG Shipmanagement (UK) Ltd.